Take action now to keep invasive Asian carp out of Wisconsin’s Great Lakes!
With 495 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 325 miles of Lake Superior waterfront, Wisconsin’s stakes are high in the battle to stop the spread of voracious – and potentially dangerous – invasive Asian carp.
If the fish enter Lake Michigan through the Illinois River, it wouldn’t take long for them to arrive on Wisconsin’s shores, where they would congregate close to beaches and consume the food that native fish depend on, endanger people on the water and spread to the state’s inland rivers and streams.
Among the eventual environmental and economic havoc the fish would wreak in Wisconsin:
- More than 250,000 anglers would lose their Great Lakes sport fishing opportunities
- The state’s $9.4 billion-a-year recreational boating industry would take a devastating hit
- Tourism-reliant shoreline communities such as Racine and Door County would lose countless jobs
- Boaters would face danger because invasive silver carp (which can weigh 100 pounds) are known for leaping out of the water – and sometimes into watercraft – when disturbed by motors
There’s a plan to prevent this disaster!
To block the invasive carp migration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed installing a combination of fish deterrents at the Brandon Road Lock & Dam on the Des Plaines River in Illinois.
Michigan – the Great Lakes State – stands ready to begin implementing the plan immediately and is calling on all other states and provinces bordering the Great Lakes to add their support.
The new Great Lakes Basin Partnership to Block Asian Carp has launched a public education campaign to promote awareness of the benefits that the Army Corps’ plan will provide.
Here’s what you can do to help: Fill in the box below, and then submit your letter to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and other key Wisconsin leaders showing your support for taking action now to block invasive Asian carp.
Together, we can protect and preserve our Great Lakes!